Xanax and Breastfeeding

It is generally recommended that you avoid breastfeeding while taking Xanax, since the drug passes through breast milk. The medication may potentially cause feeding problems, drowsiness, weight loss, and other problems in a nursing infant. If you are taking Xanax and breastfeeding (or plan to start breastfeeding), make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits for your particular situation.

An Overview of Xanax and Breastfeeding

Xanax® (alprazolam) passes through breast milk and may potentially cause serious problems in a breastfed infant. If you are breastfeeding (or plan to start breastfeeding), it is important that you talk with your healthcare provider about taking Xanax.

What Does the Research Say About Xanax and Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that Xanax passes through breast milk in women. Because Xanax can cause serious side effects, it is usually recommended that women stop breastfeeding while taking the drug. Xanax can cause drowsiness, feeding problems, weight loss, and other problems in breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Xanax while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Taking a single dose of Xanax (such as before a medical procedure) usually does not cause any problems, and many healthcare providers recommend that women continue breastfeeding as usual after a single Xanax dose. Problems are more likely to occur when women take Xanax on a regular basis while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Xanax and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Xanax and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Xanax and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
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